Swelling of the feet after the aircraft

This happens with almost every person in thetime of long travel: legs swell, shoes become tight, even if usually a person does not suffer from swelling at all. It is widely believed that the legs swell most strongly during flights - allegedly due to the fact that in the cabin of the aircraft the pressure is lowered, and approximately equal to that which occurs in the highlands. However, studies do not confirm this: no correlation was found between edema of the legs, skin temperature, and pressure. The real reason for the formation of foot edema Swelling of the feet - do not leave it unattended during travels by air, buses or trains, experts call the lack of mobility of a person while in a vehicle. When a person sits for a long time, the blood collects in the legs, its outflow slows down, resulting in the formation of swelling.

An additional problem is that inEconomy class very small space between the seats, so that passengers are often forced to sit in very uncomfortable poses. Usually the distance between the seats is 71-79 cm, and to ensure that passengers are comfortable and they travel without risk to health, it should be at least 102 cm. In some cases, prolonged mobility restriction and staying in an uncomfortable position can lead to the development Thrombosis Thrombosis is the cause of myocardial infarction and stroke, a serious disorder in which clots of blood form in the veins of the legs. However, if you are not at risk for this disease - you are under the age of 60, you do not have excess weight and thrombosis in the anamnesis, and you have not recently undergone a surgical operation, the journey will only lead to temporary edema, and they can be prevented without much difficulty. How to do it?

  • Put on a trip free, convenientclothes that you do not shake. If necessary, you can change clothes shortly before landing in the toilet of the plane, or already at the airport. In any case, the desire to arrive on the spot in an elegant suit is not worth it all the time to suffer from the inability to take a comfortable pose - especially if the journey lasts more than 2-3 hours.
  • Choose shoes that can be easily removed andto put on. Well, if the shoes are large enough that you can even move your fingers a little - this also helps to some extent to prevent swelling. It is also desirable to put on the road compression tights Compression pantyhose - consult a doctor or stockings.
  • From time to time, rub your feet and spawns to improve blood circulation.
  • If possible, get up every hour and walk aroundpassage. If you are traveling in a car, just stand up, as far as possible, and for a couple of minutes, alternately move the weight of the body to the socks and toes.
  • Rotate your feet, pull the toe in turn, to yourself and from yourself.
  • Drink plenty of water - this will help minimizeThe impact of air conditioners that work in airplanes and buses. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as well as very salty foods. Do not take diuretic drugs on the way, unless they are prescribed by a doctor. The fact is that swelling during travel is not always caused by stagnation of fluid in the tissues; their main reason is to limit the outflow of blood from the lower limbs. Dehydration can only increase swelling.
  • If possible, book a place at the aisle - so it will be easier for you to get up and stretch your legs.
  • Do not cross your legs - this further slows blood circulation.
  • If you fall asleep while traveling, try to take a pose in which you can even raise your legs even slightly.